Pearls of Wisdom:
A Prayer for Self-Confidence

Written by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Recorded by Amanda Ling

Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center
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– 1 –

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!

Please listen to my quavering voice.

Respectfully praying before you,

I acknowledge that

I am a person with little self-assurance.

I face society with apprehension.

I face relatives and friends with timidity.

– 2 –

I vigorously strive to exert myself,

Yet I lack an open and selfless mind.

I vigorously strive to improve myself,

Yet I lack decisive willpower.

Therefore, when facing my past,

I feel deeply inferior and insignificant.

When facing my present, I feel deeply agitated and vulnerable.

– 3 –

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!

I acknowledge that

Whenever I encounter failure, I become discouraged.

Whenever I encounter adversity, I become hesitant.

Whenever I encounter setbacks, I become disheartened.

Whenever I encounter slander, I become resentful.

– 4 –

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!

I acknowledge that I am a stubborn and self-absorbed person.

When my career lacks progress, I shirk responsibility.

When my teachers reproach me, I attribute all faults to others.

– 5 –

When people get together, I avoid interacting with them.

When life presents difficulties,I hide within my delusions and cringe with worry.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha!

I am a beginner in learning your teachings.

I often make errors in judgement.

– 6 –

I stumble on the Path time and again.

Oh Buddha!

I pray to you,

May I increase my wisdom and build my self-confidence.

Through the diligent practice of your teachings,

May I gain merits and virtue, and establish dignity.

Through zealous cultivation,

– 7 –

May I no longer fear disrespect from others.

May I no longer doubt their constructive criticism.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,

Please accept my sincere prayer!

Please accept my sincere prayer!